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Who is Elena Prikaznova?

Who inspired the character Elena Prikaznova? In the BBC programme, Lawrence Rees reported upon the love story of Franz Wunsch and Helena Citronova. The characters of Franz and Elena in the book are inspired by these two, though it should be pointed out that the character...

Whispering Birches

Elena Prikaznova is one of the central characters of the book 'Whispering Birches'. She is Slovakian having grown up in Hummené which lies to the east of the country. She enters the camp in April 1942 and is initially assigned to Königsgraben where she works digging ditches. It...

Truth in Ash

Though not the main character, Elena features as the lover that Franz tries to re-connect with after the war. She has left for Israel and marries a Jew making a new life for herself in the newly formed Israel. She returns to Europe to testify during Franz's post-war trial in 1972. We see her in a...

Blood Orange Blossom

Elena is not a main character in the book, but as Daniel's wife, we see her happiness in her new life in Israel smudged by the increasing urbanization of Israel.